Go and Make Disciples

Keith Knight

"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Each year countless visitors watch the very moving experience of seeing the guards change at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Between October 1st and March 31st, the guard is changed every hour. From April 1st to September 30th the guards change every 30 minutes. These sentinels, all volunteers, are the most elite warriors from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. Rigorous training is obvious as these soldiers move flawlessly through their work. They march behind the tomb down a black mat for 21 steps, turn and face east for 21 seconds, turn and face north for 21 seconds, change the position of the weapon to keep it between spectators and the tomb as a symbol of protection against any threat, and then take 21 steps down the mat and repeat the process. Twenty-one was chosen because it symbolically represents the military's highest honor of a 21-gun salute. When the guard is changed, the relief commander orders the relieved sentinel, "Pass on your orders." The soldier declares, "Post and orders remain as directed." The newly posted sentinel replies, "Orders acknowledged," and then assumes position at the black mat.

When someone we love is dying or leaving us, their last words are very important to us because they impart insight, wisdom and their desires. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus spoke His last words of instruction and gave the command for His followers to "Go and make disciples." He gives the eleven disciples (v.16) the “Great Commission” to baptize and “teach these new disciples to obey” God and His word. Much like the soldiers protecting the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we are soldiers in the army of God and as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to "Go and make disciples." Those orders have never changed and so it is our responsibility to acknowledge that God’s word “remains as directed" and we are commanded to carry on with those orders.

Our new upcoming teaching series entitled “Upgrade Now” will be challenging all of us as disciples of Christ to evaluate and “Upgrade Now” in your personal spiritual growth and journey with Jesus. I encourage you to get plugged in and take your next step of growth. We will be offering multiple options for you to grow, such as…

1-1 Follow-Up, Discovery Classes, Membership Class, 1-1 Discipleship and others. What’s Your Next Step? I encourage you to…"Go and make disciples” and “Upgrade Now.”

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